Waterford City was shortlisted with Clonakilty, Co Cork; Galway city; Glaslough, Co Monaghan; and Killarney, Co Kerry, but Waterford City has come out the winner!
The competition began in June. Over the summer 2,400 people nominated 470 places across all 32 counties for the title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. These places were then considered by a panel of judges selected for their expertise and knowledge of Ireland.
They judged the hundreds of cities, towns, villages and suburbs on criteria including affordability; natural amenities; buildings; community initiatives and spirit; presence of clubs, societies and activities; good local services; diversity; a welcome for outsiders; transport links; employment opportunities; digital links for distance working; and safety and security.
Rosita Boland said:
“There are so many wonderful period buildings in its centre, complemented by thoughtfully designed new museums that have brought a new civic energy.”
Simon Wall stated:
“The Viking Triangle is outstanding … a pedestrian-friendly public realm, with walkable, liveable and happy communities. Waterford is an unassuming city, with a sense of its own independence. What it has achieved over the past two decades is simply outstanding,”
You can read the piece from The Irish Times in full here.